The situation in Afghanistan remains dire. Again, the Bundeswehr flies more than 100 people from Kabul – everything important in the live ticker.
+++ 8.45 p.m .: The Bundeswehr’s evacuation flights from Afghanistan are still in progress. Another plane for Uzbekistan took off from the capital Kabul on Thursday evening. The Bundeswehr said there were more than 150 people on board. According to an overview by the Federal Ministry of Defense, more than 1200 people from Afghanistan have been brought to safety since Monday. The Potsdam SPD politician Klara Geywitz wrote on Twitter: “Thank you! What a service to all of us. What courage of you. “
The transport machines with Germans, Afghan local staff and other needy people on board initially land in the Uzbek capital Tashkent. From there it goes on to Germany with civil aircraft.
Afghanistan: G7 countries are demanding security guarantees from the Taliban for those wishing to leave the country
+++ 7.30 p.m .: The foreign ministers of the G7 countries have demanded security guarantees for Afghans and foreigners who want to leave the country from the radical Islamic Taliban. British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, whose country is currently chairing the G7, said on Thursday (August 19, 2021) that the militia must ensure safe conduct for all people who want to leave the country. It is currently difficult for Afghan people wishing to leave the country to get to the airport in Kabul because they are held up at Taliban checkpoints.
Afghanistan: “Dramatic scenes” at the airport in Kabul
+++ 4.30 p.m .: The evacuation of German and local staff from Afghanistan is still in full swing. As the Bundeswehr wrote on Twitter, another German military aircraft of the type A400M landed at the airport in Kabul today at 3:34 p.m. According to the Defense Ministry, the Bundeswehr has now brought more than 900 people to Tashkent in Uzbekistan.
+++ 3.30 p.m .: According to the Bundeswehr General Jens Arlt, who is leading the German evacuation mission in Afghanistan, the situation at Kabul airport is critical. There were “dramatic scenes”, he described the situation. Arlt was connected to an online press conference of the Federal Ministry of Defense by telephone from Kabul. “It’s all very, very turbulent,” said Arlt. “You may hear a shot or two in the background. You see the desperate eyes of Afghans and citizens of different nations who are simply trying to get into the inner area of Kabul International Airport, what we see is quite dramatic. “
Afghanistan: Taliban control Kabul
The general reported on external control rings of the Taliban around the airport and entrances that were occupied by the US and other nations. The people would first have to reach the outside area. There are curfews in the city and streets are clogged. He spoke of heat and dust. People who wanted to go inside the airport would have the feeling that they were running out of time.
According to Arlt, “different representatives” on the German side are trying to find “our people” in the outdoor areas. “Then you have to try like a needle in a haystack to pick someone out of there. He must then also have a chance to move forward through these masses, so that they can then bring him into the inner area. That is the big challenge. “
Afghanistan: Taliban fire warning shots
+++ 2.00 p.m .: The chaos at the airport in the Afghan capital Kabul continues. Local helpers from German organizations now reported that the streets were congested and in some cases impassable. US troops did not let them in at the entrances, two local staff reported to the German Press Agency. The Taliban have set up checkpoints everywhere and fired warning shots to push back the crowd that was trying to push into the airport grounds.
The CNN journalist Clarissa Ward, who is one of the few foreign media professionals still on site, spoke of a “tornado of madness”. According to her, people threw babies over the fence to keep them safe. The Taliban are on the move with whips and weapons to hold the people back.
Afghanistan: Several people killed in protests against Taliban
+++ 12.25 p.m .: The people in Afghanistan do not accept the Taliban’s takeover without a fight. Protests against the militant Islamist Taliban broke out in several Afghan cities on Independence Day. In the city of Asadabad in the north-east of the country, several people were killed, as the broadcaster Al Jazeera reported. According to this, Taliban fighters are said to have opened fire on people who waved the old flag of the Afghan Republic at a rally.
After taking power on Sunday, the Taliban hoisted their white flag with the black inscription of the Shahada, the Islamic creed, over the presidential palace in Kabul. According to media reports, it is unclear whether the people in Asadabad were killed in the protests by the shooting by the Taliban or in the mass panic that followed.
There were also isolated protests on Independence Day in the capital, Kabul. On Wednesday there were demonstrations against the Taliban in the city of Jalalabad. Several people were reportedly killed in the process. Afghanistan gained independence from Great Britain 102 years ago, on August 19, 1919.
Afghanistan: Baerbock calls for talks with the Taliban
+++ 11.50 a.m .: Annalena Baerbock* calls for talks with the militant Islamist Taliban in view of the dramatic situation in Afghanistan. “The only way to really bring people who are threatened with death to safety now is to talk to the Taliban about the fact that these people can still be brought to the airport,” said the Chancellor candidate Greens* in the WDR. “But what we cannot do is recognize this government because it is not the legitimate government, it is an Islamist terrorist organization.”
The German government has failed in Afghanistan policy in the past few weeks and has not taken warnings seriously, so that many local workers are now stuck in the country. “You have to imagine again: these are women who are now hiding somewhere in Kabul, they are cooks, they are interpreters with family members, with children, and that is why everything must now be done to save these lives.” This also includes talking to the Taliban.
Merkel will deliver a government statement on Afghanistan in the Bundestag next week
+++ 11.05 a.m .: Chancellor Angela Merkel* (CDU*) wants to provide the Bundestag with information on the Afghanistan policy of your government in a government statement on Wednesday (25.08.2021). The Chancellor will speak in the special session of the Bundestag, said a government spokesman for the AFP news agency.
+++, 10.10 a.m .: As reported by the Reuters news agency, the Taliban are demanding all people without a travel permit to leave the airport in Kabul. According to an Islamist, twelve people have died or been shot in mass panics since Sunday (August 15, 2021). “We don’t want to injure anyone at the airport,” said the Taliban representative, who did not want to be named.
Afghanistan: Local staff report problems at Kabul Airport
Initial report: Kabul – After the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, the USA, Germany and their allies are trying to evacuate their Afghan aid workers and their own citizens. However, the evacuation turned out to be difficult: The local helpers from German organizations have difficulties getting to the evacuation flights at the airport in the capital Kabul. This is what local staff reported to the German Press Agency on Thursday (August 19, 2021). The roads to the airport are congested and partly impassable. US soldiers would not let them in at the entrances.
“The American soldiers only let their people through,” reports one person. German representatives were said to have not been at the entrance to Kabul airport at the time the local staff was called to the airport. Another man says he tried to enter the airport for six hours. A US soldier reportedly refused to let the person in. First it must be checked whether the man is really a helper of the Germans. Shots were fired in the air again and again. Tear gas was also used to push back the crowd.
Afghanistan: German helpers: it is difficult for them to get to the airport
There are several entrances to Kabul Airport. Many people who want to flee from the Taliban are in the civilian part in the south of the airport area, from where commercial flights are usually handled. However, these are currently set. Another entrance is located one kilometer to the east. The entrance to the military part is in the north.
Thousands of people are waiting around all entrances and the blast protection walls around the airport site to get onto the site. More people try to somehow create it themselves. They want to leave Afghanistan since the defeat of the Afghan army by the Islamist terrorist militia Taliban. Dramatic images of escape attempts circulated on the net.
Afghanistan: Thousands of people are waiting in front of the airport
During the evacuation flights, however, the western forces concentrate on the citizens: inside and on local workers, who are threatened with revenge actions by the Taliban. The Defense Ministry reports that more than 900 people have already been brought from Afghanistan on evacuation flights by the Bundeswehr. (Max Schäfer, Christian Stör with AFP / dpa) *fr.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA
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